The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming 4

The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming
I had gotten more than halfway through the race when my legs began to realize that I was not going to stop. I had been tricking them for several miles, telling them I was going to give them a break at an aid station. And they believed me. But when I passed the turn-around aid ...

Why do you do this? The Stone Mill 50 Mile Race Recap 1

“Can I ask you a question?” The speaker was the grandmother of a fellow Stone Mill 50 Mile racer. She had come out to cheer on her granddaughter and was sitting in the elementary school cafeteria watching the carnage of runner after runner hobbling into the building. She wore a red sweater and her blue ...

Race Recap: Twisted Branch 100K Ultra 4

Race Recap: Twisted Branch 100K Ultra
I stopped. The air was still, the forest around me as quiet as a cathedral on Tuesday. The trail wound through white pine, hemlock, and maple stands that blotted out the sun and made the heat of the day feel unusually cool. I listened for the footfalls or breathing of another runner, but heard nothing. ...

Five Things Ultrarunning Can Teach You About Life 1

Five Things Ultrarunning Can Teach You About Life
I run for many reasons. I enjoy it. Lacing up a pair of shoes and hitting the road, or the trail, or just flopping barefoot along the beach: I simply feel happy when I do these things. My head clears when I run, and when my head is clear I’m often more centered, more open ...